CAIR-LA Hosts "Entertainment Night for Civil Rights"


CAIR-LA presents LULAC’s
Zeke Hernandez with civil right award
Comedian Azhar Usman of “Allah Made
Me Funny” performs

Anaheim, CA: About 1,400 people attended the 2nd Annual Entertainment Night for Civil Rights hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations - Southern California (CAIR-LA) on Saturday, May 20, at the Heritage Forum in Anaheim. CAIR-LA honored Zeke Hernandez, deputy district director of LULAC, for his civil rights struggle. Additionally, nine Muslim youths were recognized for their efforts in civil, social and religious activities. Hernandez and the youths also received recognition from the offices of Congresswomen Loretta Sanchez and Linda Sanchez.

They were:
Civic Activism: First Place ($500) – Nour Kweider; Second Place ($400) – Nedda Salimian; Third Place ($250) – Ambreen Basria.
Social Activism: First Place ($500) – Genene Salman; Second Place ($400) – Hisham Labanieh; Third Place ($250) – Amina Abid
Religious Activism: First Place ($500) – Ahmad Almutawa; Second Place ($400) – Marya Bangee; Third Place ($250) – Yasmin El-Haj.
Shaykh Yasser Fazaga, religious director of Orange County Islamic Foundation in Mission Viejo, Calif., served as the lively and entertaining master of ceremonies. He thanked CAIR-LA for organizing the entertainment night, saying, “It provides clean, fun-filled entertainment for the entire family and is a nice break from the more traditional educational seminars and fundraising events.”

Shaykh Yasser Fazaga

The shaykh introduced the highlight of the evening, “Allah Made Me Funny,” comedy troupe. Members Azhar Usman and Preacher Moss performed hilarious skits and kept their audiences laughing throughout the night. CAIR-LA originally expected 600 people, but the hall was packed Saturday evening, with attendees thoroughly enjoying the comedians’ jokes.
The night also included an update on the status of civil rights by Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director of CAIR-LA. In his talk on civil rights, Ayloush said although Muslims are the main targets of civil rights violations today, by speaking up, Muslims are defending the civil rights of all people in America. He also stressed Muslims’ responsibility to speak out for "all victims of injustice, regardless of who they are, or what ethnic or religious background they represent." He urged all citizens to "provide the checks and balances for our government and leaders."

Youths holding awards from CAIR-LA, and Congresswomen Loretta Sanchez and Linda Sanchez for their community

Commenting on why CAIR chose to combine comedy and civil rights, Ayloush stated, “It is so easy to feel depressed and disheartened during difficult times, especially for Muslims, who have to endure Islamophobia and civil rights violations. In response to that, such an entertainment night helps lift Muslim community’s spirits and boost their morale.”

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-



Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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